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SAN-Nestle Partnership for Responsible Sourcing of Vegetables

Countries in the European Union, Asia and Latin America.

Responsible sourcing, traceability, transparency, good agricultural practices

SAN-Nestle Partnership for Responsible Sourcing of Vegetables




Fundación Global Nature (FGN)

Vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, carrots, spinach, bell peppers and parsley, among other.

Crops or productive systems

Implementation dates

June 2018 and ongoing


Farms, processors and suppliers of Nestlé

About the project

Nestle’s Responsible Sourcing program for vegetables is intended to ensure respect of ethical standards and reduce the impact of agricultural practices on the environment within Nestlé's processed vegetables supply chain.

SAN and Fundación Global Nature (FGN) are Nestlé’s strategic partners for the implementation of the program and follow-up actions with all participant suppliers and processors.

The program consists of three main components:

  1. Traceability: Desk and in-situ assessments conducted by SAN to compile basic information about each Nestlé supplier and their related processors, in order to map the supply chain and improve transparency of the product origins to ensure they are traceable.  The information gathered includes existence of support systems and traceability of farms, legally documented relationship with the farms, basic information of farmers and compliance with external certifications.

  2. Compliance: Farms and suppliers  are required to have assessments, conducted by third parties, at farms and processors within its supply chain. This is the base of the program because ensures that international ethical standards are respected across farms and processors within the supply chain.

  3. Creating Shared Value (CSV): This voluntary pillar of the program will directly support work with processors who are willing to go beyond compliance and to further reduce the impact on the environment of the farming base that supplies processors. Suppliers participating in the CSV pillar will be required to lead a biodiversity program as well as help farmers implement new agricultural practices to solve the most important issues in that region that the processor chooses to focus on. SAN and FGN are developing the guidance and providing the support for processors participating in the CSV pillar.

The program involves suppliers and processors, which source from over 10,000 farms located in Belgium, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, UK, and Ukraine.


The main objectives of the SAN-FGN and Nestlé Partnership for the Responsible Sourcing of Vegetables are to ensure the program delivers transparency in the supply chain, that ethical standards are respected and deliver activities beyond “business as usual” that help enhance biodiversity in and around farmland, improve soil heath, optimise water use, reduce GHG emissions and energy consumption and minimise impacts from nutrients, agrochemicals and waste.

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